The suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is on hold for now. Again.
For the second time this season, a judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing the NFL’s six-game suspension of Elliott from going into effect. On Tuesday, it was United States District Judge Paul A. Crotty of the Southern District Court of New York who issued the TRO.
The ruling means Elliott will be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and the Washington Redskins the following weekend.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 17, 2017
In simpler terms, Elliott’s suspension is on hold for at least 14 days.
TRO granted, good for 14 days, at which point Judge will rule on whether or not to grant Preliminary Injunction and keep Zeke eligible.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 17, 2017
The legal battle between Elliott and the NFL is far from over. For now, though, the Cowboys will have their All-Pro running back in their backfield for the next two weeks.
The final ruling in this case could go either way, but as Josina Anderson of ESPN pointed out, the NFL’s own Director of Investigations recommended no suspension for Elliott.
Remember the NFL’s own Director of Investigations, Kia Roberts, recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliot after interviewing T. Thompson.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 18, 2017
Five days ago, a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge overturned the original TRO granted Elliott, at which point the NFL put the suspension back into effect immediately.
The league originally suspended Elliott the six games back in August for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. That came following a yearlong investigation by the league into allegations of domestic violence against the former Ohio State star, as well as other off-field incidents.